Temp Foster Farms employee identified as shooter


22-year-old suspect from Albany

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man is in custody after an active shooter was reported at Foster Farms in Corvallis on Thursday morning.

Corvallis Police say 22-year old temp worker Adrian Nickerson, of Albany, fired a shot inside a women’s bathroom a little after 8 a.m.

A woman inside the bathroom ran out and called 911, but no one was injured.

Adrian Nickerson, July 18, 2019 (Benton County Sheriff’s Office)

He had no previous run-ins with Corvallis Police, but was involved in a traffic crash right before the shooting. He fled the scene and is facing charges related to the crash.

Nickerson surrendered on his own a short time after police arrived on scene at Foster Farms. Police have still not recovered the gun.

His motive is unknown.

KOIN 6 spoke with Nickerson’s mother by phone on Thursday afternoon. Sandra Ravenstone says her son’s brain was damaged by marijuana use.

“I know marijuana, a lot of people get high, couch potatoes, no big deal. But it just screwed with his brain.  I’m hoping he can come back from this,” she said.

She said her son had only worked at Foster Farms as a temp employee a handful of times.

“I can’t imagine why he would do this. At all. He didn’t talk bad about his job. I saw him the day before yesterday. He said he was going to go to work today. I don’t know how this happened,” she said.

A Foster Farms employee named Alex said he was outside when another employee ran outside and said she saw a man with a gun and heard shots fired. Police say it was that woman that called 911.

The Oregon State Police SWAT team also responded to the scene. Surrounding businesses and residences were told to evacuate or shelter in place.

The Benton Center went on lockout, Linn-Benton Community College tweeted.

All lockouts and evacuations were lifted before noon.

KOIN 6 News will have more information as it develops.

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